Books by Jane Leslie Conly

Jane Leslie Conly is the author of the critically acclaimed Trout Summer (an ALA Notable and Best Book for Young Adults). She is also the author of While No One Was Watching, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, as well as the Newbery Honor book Cra


MURDER AFLOAT by Jane Leslie Conly
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Conly vividly depicts a world of oyster piracy and murderous mayhem, with many boats' crews comprised mostly of kidnapped immigrants; given the intriguing setting, an historical note would have been a welcome addition. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Ben, a well-to-do boy from Baltimore, is inadvertently shanghaied onto an oyster-dredging boat operating on the Chesapeake Bay in 1868. Read full book review >
IMPETUOUS R., SECRET AGENT by Jane Leslie Conly
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"There are too many characters and disparate plotlines for the story to cohere, but the sense of optimism gladdens the heart as the creatures great and small band together behind (and under) the scenes. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
In this convoluted tale, a colony of highly intelligent cockroaches living in a once-famous jazz club called Pop's Corner learns the club is about to be taken by the bank. Read full book review >
IN THE NIGHT, ON LANVALE STREET by Jane Leslie Conly
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Poignant and perturbing. (Fiction. YA)"
A summer of anticipated lazy days filled with pleasant afternoons hanging out in their blue-collar Baltimore community is marred for Charlie, age 13, and her best friend and neighbor, Shan, by the increasing drug traffic that is invading the quiet streets. Read full book review >
THE RUDEST ALIEN ON EARTH by Jane Leslie Conly
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Combine the murkiness of character development with a patent failure to explain the whys and hows of Oluu's existence—a sine qua non of science fiction—and Conly (What Happened on Planet Kid, 2000, etc.) comes up with a good title—but little else. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Despite the promising title, the rudest alien turns out to be the most confused alien, and she occupies a correspondingly confused text. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENED ON PLANET KID by Jane Leslie Conly
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"There are no easy solutions here; but with her baseball prowess and deep-rooted compassion, Dawn makes an admirable protagonist, backed by a diverse, sometimes entertainingly, quirky supporting cast. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Twelve-year-old Dawn spends an anxious summer with rural Virginia relatives in this tale of secrets and secret places set in the 1950s. Read full book review >
WHILE NO ONE WAS WATCHING by Jane Leslie Conly
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

A stolen rabbit connects three neglected children and a pair of young sleuths in this busy, overpopulated story from Conly (Crazy Lady, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
TROUT SUMMER by Jane Leslie Conly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The ending is not happily-ever-after but still sturdily optimistic, since in the course of the book these believable, sympathetic characters have found strength, talent, and resolve. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
Conly (Crazy Lady, 1993, etc.) continues to shift focus from the bright, charming rats of NIMH to people, this time in the sensitive story of Shana, 13, who comes of age in the summer after her family begins to fall apart. Read full book review >
CRAZY LADY! by Jane Leslie Conly
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"A quiet, winning story of a boy and his community making small gains through large efforts. (Fiction. 10+)"
Vernon Dibbs is finding junior high tough. Read full book review >